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© 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Touch is the largest of the senses, and yet one of the least well understood. To date, the majority of research has focused on the perception of tactile stimuli presented to the fingertips and hands. However, one's sensitivity to tactile stimulation varies quite dramatically across the body surface. Research shows that one's ability to perceive (and remember) tactile stimuli presented to the fingertips and/or other regions of the body surface is severely limited by attentional constraints. Touch should really be considered in a multisensory context, given the extensive cross-modal interactions between the senses that have been reported in recent years.

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Book title

Encyclopedia of Human Behavior: Second Edition

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616 - 620